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Dental Hygiene

Admission

APPLICATION PROCESS

The program in dental hygiene starts in the fall of each year. Prospective students should complete the Transfer Student Online Application and indicate "Dental Hygiene BS" for "unit of study." High school graduates desiring to spend their first year of study for the dental hygiene program at the University of Michigan should apply for admission to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Transfer students should check the Transfer Equivalency search page to find out if their credits will transfer in to the University of Michigan. Simply select the institution the credits would be transferring from, and the U-M school or college being applied to, in order to determine which credits will transfer.

The U-M Dental Hygiene Program has competitive enrollment. Consideration is given to applications from all qualified resident and non-resident candidates. It is highly recommended that interested students arrange to have an academic advising meeting with the Dental Hygiene Program Director before applying. The purpose of this meeting is to acquaint the prospective student with the areas of study in dental hygiene and with the university campus. E-mail hygiene.info@umich.edu for more information.

The Dental Hygiene Program follows the University of Michigan's policy on advanced standing. Information can be found at the Undergraduate Admissions page on AP, IB Credit

Applications and application materials are all processed through the U-M's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applications are accepted starting in August of the previous calendar year and closes February 1 of the starting year. The program reserves the right to keep application submissions open until early August of the enrollment year. For important directions on completing the transfer student application (Common Application), see Tips & Tricks. Applicants can read more about the University of Michigan's admissions policies on the Admissions website. For tuition information, see the Office of the Registrar's website.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

All transfer students are required to submit the following prior to the deadline date:

  • Completed application (The Common Application). For important directions on completing the transfer student application, see Common Application Tips and Tricks.
  • Final official secondary school record (high school), including 9th–12th grades, test data, and graduation date
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, technical institutes)
  • Three (3) essays
  • Application fee
  • Test scores (ACT, SAT, MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS), if applicable

STANDARDIZED NATIONAL TEST SCORES

If the applicant took the ACT or SAT as a high school student those scores should be sent to the University to be evaluated as part of the application. If ACT or SAT scores are not posted on the high school transcript, please have the scores sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If the scores have not already been reported to the University of Michigan, applicants may request to have them sent online using these links:

  • ACT (U-M code is 2062)
  • SAT (U-M code is 1839)
  • Rush paper scores are not accepted.

NOTE: If the applicant did not take the ACT or SAT as a high school student, these scores will not be required as part of the admissions application to the University of Michigan. The applicant should not sit for the exams as a college student.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS test scores are required of all speakers of English as a second language. Please click here for minimum score requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students enter the dental hygiene program as sophomores. The average GPA of incoming students to the Dental Hygiene Program is 3.4.

FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FOR ADMISSIONS IN FALL 2017:

MINIMUM PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENT: Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of prerequisite course work. Please note, biology and/or math may be required prior to taking some of these courses. Dental Hygiene prerequisite courses are:

  • English Composition
  • General Chemistry with a lab
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Speech (Fundamentals of Speech or Public Speaking)
  • Suggested courses to complete the 30 credit hours includes: Biology, Pathophysiology, intensive writing, and other science-based courses
  • An additional 6 credit hours may be transferred in and applied to the elective requirement.

MAXIMUM PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENT: Students are eligible to bring in a maximum of 49 credit hours of prerequisite course work which would include:

  • 30 Credit Hours - Minimum 30 credit hours including English Composition I, Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Speech and General Chemistry with lab. Suggested electives include Intro to Biology, English Composition II and other general education courses.

In addition to completing the 30 credit hours, students are eligible to satisfy the following courses prior to entering the Dental Hygiene Program:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab or equivalent
  • Microbiology with a lab
  • Biochemistry
  • 6 Elective credits for general studies are applied to the elective requirement

If a student enters the program with Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology and/or Biochemistry, the student will not have to repeat the course(s) at UM as long as the course(s) are transferable with a grade of C or better. If a student enters the program with only one semester of Anatomy & Physiology, the student will be required to complete the Anatomy 203 course at UM in the Fall 2017.

An additional 9 elective credits are required while in the program. Electives may be taken during the winter semester of the Junior year or during the Senior year. Elective courses may be taken at any UM campus (Ann Arbor, Dearborn or Flint.)

Please see the Curriculum & Competencies for additional information.

FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FOR ADMISSIONS IN FALL 2018:

For students entering the program Fall 2018 and beyond, the following prerequisite courses must be taken prior to entering the program. Dental Hygiene prerequisite courses are:

  • English Composition
  • General Chemistry with a lab
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Speech (Fundamentals of Speech or Public Speaking)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab or equivalent
  • Microbiology with a lab
  • Biochemistry

Please note, biology and/or math may be required prior to taking some of these courses.

MINIMUM PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENT: Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of prerequisite course work.

Students entering the program with a total of 36 credit hours will be required to take 10 elective credit hours while in the program.

Students entering the program with a total of 42 credit hours will be required to take 4 elective credit hours while in the program.

Students entering the program with a total of 46 credit hours will have satisfied all of the elective credit hour requirements.

Please see the Curriculum & Competencies for additional information.

PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION

All completed applications are sent to the Admissions Committee for review. The Committee thoroughly evaluates each application using the Dental Hygiene Program Admissions Rubric to ensure the applicant has met all prerequisite requirements and obtained the necessary number of credit hours for entrance. Admissions selection is then based on academic performance and standing, including strong achievement in science courses, and a demonstrated interest in dental hygiene as a career. Additionally, each student’s application essays are read and reviewed for completeness/comprehensiveness of response, and breadth and depth of extracurricular activities, community involvement, and leadership experiences.

Applicants are notified in writing whether or not their application is accepted or denied. Applicants who have been deferred are contacted directly by the Program regarding their status. Accepted students begin the program fall semester of the upcoming academic year.

ACCEPTANCE

In addition to meeting the University of Michigan immunization requirements, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry requires all incoming students to have completed the Record of Required Immunizations form.

Accepted students are sent the Record of Required Immunizations form. The Record of Required Immunizations form must be completed no later than the first day of classes of the Fall semester and must contain the following:

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

A. Hepatitis B Vaccination

  • In addition to the Hepatitis B vaccination series, all students MUST have the Hepatitis B Immune Titer. If your test results for the titer are negative then you must repeat the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

B. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
• Students need two documented doses of the MMR vaccine.

C. Tuberculosis

  • Students are required to have a PPD skin test dated the first day of the Fall semester or later. If you test positive then you are required you have a chest x-ray to confirm that your immune system is normal and that you do not
have tuberculosis.

D. Varicella (Chicken Pox)


  • If you have had chicken pox then you are not required to have the immune titer. If you have not had chicken pox but have received the Varicella Vaccination, you MUST have the Varicella Immune Titer.

E. Tetanus/Pertussis

  • All students must have the one-time booster for Tdap.

Infectious and Bloodborne Diseases:

The U-M Dental Hygiene Program complies with institutional, local, state, and federal regulations on bloodborne pathogen diseases, ionizing radiation, and hazardous materials. Students in the Program follow CDC, OSHA, and other guidelines to protect themselves and their patients from occupational exposure to these hazards. In addition, the Program has policies and procedures related to individuals who have bloodborne infectious disease(s).

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

U-M School of Dentistry dental hygiene students (excluding online degree students) are required to complete the Health Insurance Submit Form in MiTools to demonstrate coverage for the current year at a minimum level of health insurance. For more information, see Health Insurance Guidelines.